5 November -
19 November 2016
Gertrude Glasshouse44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood
Opening: 5 November 4pm - 6pm
Gertrude Contemporary was pleased to present AFFIDAVIT VITO ACCONCI, a project by Gertrude Studio Artist Brooke Babington at Gertrude Glasshouse. Babington presented new work alongside work by Lauren Burrow, Rebecca Joseph, Spencer Lai, Pip Wallis and Ross Wallace in a loosely/group curated 'solo show' proposed to test the elasticity of the increasingly present artist-curator role in contemporary art.
Building on her June exhibition Wet eyed sissies at Bus Projects, in which Babington featured work by Burrow and Joseph, AFFIDAVIT VITO ACCONCI emerged obliquely from the theme of 'female/queer delinquency' to reconsider the radical potential of gendered bravado as an active rebellion against the structural apparatuses that motivate good citizenry and that reproduce normative power relations.
Brooke Babington is an artist, writer and curator. Her work frequently engages in ideological critique, exploring power and social dynamics, language and the mythology of the artist/exhibition. From 2013–2014 Babington was the Director of Slopes, a twelve-month, not-for-profit project space in Melbourne. Recent exhibitions include, Wet eyes sissies (featuring Lauren Burrow and Rebecca Joseph), Bus Projects (2016); No Nuisance, The Alderman (2015); What Has (Has Not), TCB Art Inc., (2013); Synonyms for Sincerity, Alaska Projects, (2013). Babington's curatorial projects include, Thin Air, Slopes (2014); Why Not Walk Backward? (with Liang Luscombe), Gertrude Contemporary, (2014); Between Being and Doing (with Melissa Loughnan), Utopian Slumps, (2013).